Cayetano: Let public fund candidates via pasa load

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 08 2013 10:18 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2013 06:18 AM

MANILA - People should be allowed to give donations to candidates to get rid of politicians beholden to groups with vested interests, a senator said.

Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano proposed that the Commission on Elections partner with telcos and create a service that would allow people to donate money to candidates through their their cell phone load.

"You want to get rid of bad politicians, then get rid of those who are funded by smugglers, illegal gamblers," he told reporters on Friday. "We have to have a way of funding them through the people."

Cayetano also suggested that the Comelec buy airtime for lesser-known candidates who do not have enough resources to have advertisements.

He said this is to give all candidates equal access to the media.